Working with Faith-Based Communities: Baseline Findings from the Masculinité, Famille et Foi Study in Kinshasa, DRC
Transforming Masculinities (TM), known locally as Masculinité, Famille, et Foi (MFF), targets young couples who are newly married (NMC) or first-time parents (FTP), church congregation members, faith leaders and gender champions. The intervention consists of a series of trainings and workshops that guide faith leaders and congregation members through a process of participatory reflections to identify, create, disseminate, and embrace new, positive masculinities and gender equality and to take action. The goal is community-wide norms shifting and behavior change that embodies gender-equity in the household and puts into practice a new, positive masculine identity that encompasses reduced IPV, shared decision-making within couples, and increased FP use.
This brief focuses on baseline activities from the longitudinal couple survey for 18-35 year-old NMC and FTP in intervention and comparison congregations, the cross-sectional diffusion survey among 18-49 year-old community members in intervention and comparison congregations, and in-depth interviews among faith leaders, gender champions, NMC, and FTP.